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How long does menopause last?

By Anonymous February 2, 2015 - 12:55pm
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Hello Anonymous,

To answer your question, let's begin with what is perimenopause.

Perimenopause is the transitional period is a woman's reproductive life. It is marked by fluctuations in estrogen levels and presents with irregular menstrual cycles, hot flashes, sleep problems and vaginal dryness.

You may notice signs of progression toward menopause, such as menstrual irregularity, sometime in your 40s. But some women notice changes as early as their mid-30s.

A woman reaches menopause once she has gone through 12 consecutive months without a menstrual period.

After reaching menopause, a woman enters postmenopause.

Symptoms vary from woman to woman and can be worse for some than others.They may last 5 or more years.

These symptoms include vaginal dryness, painful sexual intercourse, urine leakage, hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, heart racing or pounding, and mood swings.

Anonymous, please talk with your physician if you have any personal concerns with menopausal symptoms.


February 3, 2015 - 10:07am
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